The importance of sleep & how Chiropractic can help

The Chiropractic Central team.

The Chiropractic Central team.

Without the daily restoration that takes place during sleep, life takes on a raw edge – a feeling that millions know all too well. Chiropractic, in combination with complementary and alternative therapies, may be proven effective in diagnosing sleep disorders and delivering treatments that offer the promise of a better night’s sleep.

Sleep disorders are prevalent and often disabling, but most are diagnosable and effectively treatable using chiropractic applications,” says Frederick R. Carrick, DC, PhD, DACAN, DABCN, DACNB, FACCN, and president of the ACA Council on Neurology. “Sleep is one of the most important functions of the brain. The ability of the nervous system to regulate sensory input is considered a prerequisite to sleep. Specific areas of the brain change in their function to prevent transmission of sensory information that might keep us awake. Patients suffering from pain or other sensory conditions that contribute to a continual activation of the brain may have difficulty sleeping.”

Chiropractors evaluate sleep complaints with a meticulous sleep history and physical examination with particular attention to the neurological, cardiopulmonary, and psychological functions.

“Chiropractors are very experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders associated with a variety of conditions that contribute to them. Many patients do not tell their doctors that they suffer from sleep disorders, but it is very common for patients to sleep much better after being treated for a variety of conditions not usually associated with sleep deprivation. Chiropractic treatment in general is a good alternative for those individuals who do not feel rested and who do not wish to take prescription drugs to assist them in obtaining quality sleep.”

Manipulation may improve chest wall mechanics, so that people breathe better for improved oxygenation. It may also help people with spasms and pain and joint dysfunction of the neck, shoulders, and back by decreasing pain and restlessness while increasing spinal cord reflexes that improve blood flow.

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Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Golf and Chiropractic

Golf ballCompared to other sports, golf may seem like it’s not as physically demanding with only a minimal chance of sustaining injuries. There may not be a lot of running, falling, being tackled or breath holding, but golf does cause a considerable amount of wear and tear – especially on the joints.

With spring well and truly here and daylight saving due to start soon, many are getting more rounds of golf in each week so I thought I’d share some tips from Dr. Soheila Ghaziaskar D.C., Q.M.E., C.M.U.A.

Common golf injuries

The most common golf-related injuries are on the wrist, the elbow and the lower back. These are the areas that are most engaged when swinging a golf club. The shoulder, knee and neck are other areas that are often exerted during golf, resulting in injuries. These make up about 80% of golf related injuries that golfers seek treatment for, more so to the soft tissue. Apart from pain, golfers may also experience tenderness and/or numbness in the hands and arms, swelling and inflammation of the elbow which is called golfer’s elbow and wrist injuries which are medically referred to as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Treating golf-related injuries

Golfers take varying approaches to treating their injuries. Most simply stay off the golf course for a while, with only a few seeking medical attention.  Not seeking medical attention risks their untreated injuries becoming incapacitating when they return to play or completed any strenuous activity.

Treating golf-related injuries through chiropractic

Chiropractic will get hands on, so to speak, with golf related injuries. With golf-related injuries, a chiropractor will not only treat the sore joint, limb or muscle but the entire spine to not only treat the existing ailment but also prevent others by restoring the body’s posture, spinal alignment and muscle strength as the golfer will keep using and straining certain limbs and joints. Specific injuries are treated using a number of methods, with adjustments and massage.

To achieve optimum results, a chiropractor will also take a patient’s details like their history and habits to give them an idea of their lifestyle. They will use this information to recommend lifestyle changes such as exercise and fitness routines, the best diet for the patient and they might recommend supplements like vitamins or minerals.

Minimizing Golf-Related Injuries

The following recommendations are some tips to manage and prevent golf-related injuries:

  • Ease into the sport after a long period of rest or not engaging in any physical activities.
  • Use the right equipment such as golf shoes and supportive bands on much-used areas like the arms, knee and elbow.
  • Swing correctly and don’t overuse the wrists too much in an attempt to hit the ball as far as possible.
  • Don’t hunch too much as this heightens the likelihood of straining the neck and shoulders.
  • Warm up and stretch before teeing off to avoid injuries arising from sudden exertion on limbs and muscles when they are still tight.

While golf is a gentle form of sport, it can cause a host of injuries much like other physically demanding sports. Whether playing professionally or for recreation, ensuring optimum health is crucial.

The Chiropractic Central team is happy to speak to your golf club’s members to discuss proper warm-up and stretching techniques.

Regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Chiropractic helpful in improving workplace efficiency

I see the benefits of Chiropractic care with Chiropractic Central’s clients on a daily basis. This recent announcement from the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (SA) on the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association website confirms what many Chiropractors (and patients) know already.

Of interest in the article is this assessment of Chiropractic care for Australian workers.

Chiropractic care is something the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia South Australia (CAASA) believes benefits the Australian public, including the Australian workforce-
1. Less pain is better for the worker
2. Higher satisfaction rates means happier workers
3. Less pain means quicker return to work and better workplace efficiency
4. Better function allows quicker return to duties and better work efficiency
5. Happier, healthier workers promote workplace harmony and greater efficiency

Also of interest were the results from a UMR survey of 1000 Australians commissioned by the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) earlier this year. The results showed that 81% of those who had seen a chiropractor said they found the treatment helpful.

You can read the full announcement  here:

Chiropractic Popular with High Levels of Patient Satisfaction and Helpful in Improving Workplace Efficiency.

Regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Aches and Pains: Don’t buy into the myth!

The Chiropractic Central team.

The Chiropractic Central team.

“You’ll just have to learn to live with it, you’re getting older.”

Many older Australians have heard these words in response to their complaints. Aches, pains and a lack of mobility and function are so common that some of us even think that it is normal to ache as we age. The truth is that losing function doesn’t have to be part of our lives as we age. There is almost always a solution to the lack of mobility that so often accompanies old age. In other words – you don’t have to live with it.

Chiropractors see patients in all seasons of their life, and we all notice that the patients most grateful for chiropractic care are the older generation. Patients who often have come to accept that they will live a life of symptoms and stiffness are overwhelmed with relief to find that a simple and effective treatment can so often give them back their life. Chiropractic spinal adjustments benefit seniors by improving mobility and restoring function in stiff and worn joints.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is a result of joint “wear and tear.” It tends to affect people as they get older, particularly in joints that have to take a lot of stress and strain, such as the weight bearing joints of the hips, knees and lower back, as well as the neck and hands. Osteoarthritis often results from a previous injury to a joint or a joint having increased stress on it, thus it is important for treatment to begin with restoring proper joint alignment. This ensures joint stresses are evenly distributed instead of there being undue stress on one particular portion of the joint, predisposing it to increased degeneration. This is similar to the increased wear on a car tyre when the wheels are out of alignment. Often one will wear out and need replacing, even though both hips are the same age and there has been no previous history of injury.

Prevention is the best cure. Chiropractic adjustments and corrective muscle balancing procedures can realign, increase joint motion and improve muscle and tendon flexibility. Chiropractic spinal adjustments can also improve nerve function and overall health of seniors. Poor body mechanics, particularly where nerves exit the spine can potentially disrupt nerve pathways, upsetting vital connections between the brain and the body, affecting overall body function.

Chiropractic is an extremely safe and gentle therapy, so age is seldom a reason why people are declined chiropractic care. Instead of grumbling about the aging process, do something positive and see your chiropractor to find out if he or she can  improve the quality of your life.

Regards,

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Excuse to Juice Event

Excuse to JuiceExcuse to Juice 3 Excuse to Juice 2Well our Excuse to Juice night last night was a fantastic event and it was great to see so many of our clients and their families and friends learning about the benefits of juicing and also tasting some delicious recipes.

There was a lot of demand and placed filled up quickly and I look forward to hosting another event soon.

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Dr Sarah MacNeil

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